Sunday, May 31, 2020

1968 Shelby Mustang GT350H

The GT350 was born in 1965. The Shelby cars were offered with high performance options. For 1968, Shelby and Hertz Rent-a-Car resurrected their "Rent-a-Racer" program with Shelby Mustangs as part of Hertz's Sports Car Club fleet.

224 cars are known to be delivered within a total of 1,053 Shelby GT350 Fastbacks made for 1968. The first cars had 4-speeds, but that was quickly changed to automatics as customers burned out the clutches.
This example was one of thirty-three 1968 Shelby GT350Hs shipped new to San Francisco. It was highly equipped with power steering, power front disc brakes, a tachometer and trip odometer, an AM radio, and a tilt-away steering column.
The original rate to rent the car was $17 per day and 17 cents per mile. That won't be happening today. This GT350H made $101k at RM Sothebys in 2010.
In 2015 a 'barn find' 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350H was found chained to a house in California. The purchaser paid a highly reasonable $8,200 for the icon.

Hagerty suggests a concours quality 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350H is trending around $150k.

Friday, May 29, 2020

1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster

The only Roadster with Le Mans racing history. Entered at Le Mans in 1965 by Ford of France. Shipped back to Shelby American with work order to 'rebuild after Le Mans'. Sent to Kar Kraft to be used as development vehicle for the J-Car. Acquired from Ford in 1968 by Dean Jeffries, who kept the car until 2013. Professional restoration to concours standards in the original Le Mans livery.
5 roadsters were built by Ford Advanced Vehicles in England, 1 of 2 surviving examples today. GT/109 is one of 12 prototypes built by Ford between January 1964 and April 1965.
The engine sports a Ford/Shelby experimental intake manifold and 4x48 IDA “Made in Italy” Weber carburetors as fitted with Shelby-supplied “Bundle of Snakes” exhaust utilized on the GT/109 during testing. Other period-correct components include a rebuilt 1965 ZF 5DS-25/0 transaxle.

The Ford GT (pre-GT40) was not only Ford’s first international sports car, it is considered by most to be the world’s first supercar. By 1965, The Deuce had ordered Iacocca to undertake a “win at all costs” program to defeat Ferrari. What followed was the stuff of legend—a Ford-versus-Ferrari heavyweight bout for supremacy.
The car appears at Mecum's

Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a hybrid with a 6.5-liter V12 engine, a 34-horsepower electric motor integrated into the gearbox, and super-capacitor technology. Transmission is a 7-speed ISR semi-automatic. The car employs an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system with a rear mechanical self locking differential.

The Sián name means thunderbolt in the Bolognese dialect. Power is 819 hp.
The super-capacitor offers both weight and power delivery advantages over a battery pack although batteries are better at storing electricity for longer periods. A regenerative braking system helps generate energy to recharge the supercapacitors. The electric motor counters the effect of deceleration and provides a power boost at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph). The motor supports low speed maneuvers such as parking and reversing. This is the fastest Lamborghini ever, with 2.8 zero-to-60 time onto a top speed of 217 mph.
63 Siáns will be built (marking the 1963 birthday of the marque).

Ownership will be a very exclusive club with an entry price of $3.6m.
Smitten and badly in need of one? Too bad, you can't have one as they are sold out.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Awesomeness offered by RM Sotheby's

RM Sotheby's is offering the final Porsche 911 Speedster for coronavirus relief. This 911 Speedster is one of 1,948 examples made to celebrate the German marque's 70th anniversary. It was the last of its kind to roll off the assembly line at the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory.

Finished in GT Silver Metallic paint and adorned with a limited-edition Heritage Design racing livery, the drop-top supercar's 502-horsepower, 4.0-liter flat-six and six-speed manual gearbox have only been run for a 20-mile delivery.
And there's much more. Over 100 European exotics owned by French racing driver Marcel Petitjean are crossing the block.
1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S

1964 Porsche 904 GTS

1984 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S

1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

1968 Shelby GT500 KR - €109k

By 1968 the competition was catching up to Ford and it needed a car that could beat its rivals head to head. Shelby’s 360 hp, 428-ci GT 500 was performing respectably, but then the special Cobra-Jet engine was unveiled. The GT 500 KR – the King of the Road – was born.

The Cobra-Jet 428 engine was rated at 335 hp as a ruse to hoodwink the competition and insurance companies. The engine pumped out at very least 400 hp with 440 foot-pounds of twist.
The KR included a number of engine modifications over the 428 Police Interceptor engine in standard GT500s.
Ford dropped the GT500 KR after 1968, before Shelby stopped modifying Mustangs, ending production at a little over 1,200 units. Today, the King of the Road is regarded as the ultimate Shelby Mustang and is priced accordingly.
Fully restored in 2010 this example made €109k in 2019.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Rapper wastes Ferrari 488 Pista in 20km/h zone

Rapper Swarmz (Ramone Rochester) totaled a rental Pista in central London. He collided with the side of a bus in a 20 km/h zone near Trafalgar Square.

The 711 hp Pista retails for something around $400k.
See ----->Ferrari 488 Pista, Pista Spider

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Stainless steel Fords up for grabs

A 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan, 1960 Ford Thunderbird, and 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible will be sold as a single consignment, at no reserve, by Worldwide Auctioneers. The cars were a project between Ford and Allegheny Steel & Iron.

Allegheny teamed with Ford to make three 1931 Model A sedans. Later the automaker built six 1936 Fords. The company went back to Ford in 1960 for two Thunderbirds. The hard steel ruined the body dies, and they were the last cars stamped before the switch to the 1961 model.
The auction is scheduled for September 5. No estimates have been provided.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Ferrari F40

The F40 entered production in 1987 as the successor of the 288 GTO. 1,315 examples were made until 1992 when the saga continued with the F50. Designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary, it was the last Ferrari personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. The F40 is essential to any Ferrari collection.

The car produces 471 HP and 426 lb-fts of torque to the rear wheels.
The car features a heavily reworked variant of the 90-degree V-8 engine equipped with twin turbochargers of 2,936 cc. Peak power was 478 bhp at 7,000 rpm. The F40 broke the 200 mph barrier, achieving a top speed of 201.4 mph. Factory suggested retail price was about US$400,000.

The F40 did without a catalytic converter until 1990, when US regulations required them. 213 F40s were made for the US market.
Hagerty suggests a concours example is trending around $1.8m. This example appeared at RM Sotheby's.

Ferrari F50

The Ferrari F50 is a mid-engine sports car made from 1995–1997. The car is powered by a 4.7 L naturally aspirated Tipo F130B 60-valve V12 engine that was developed from the 3.5 L V12 used in the 1990 Ferrari 641 Formula One. Power is 512 hp and 347 lb⋅ft at 6,500 rpm through a 6 speed gearbox.

Succeeding the turbocharged F40, the naturally aspirated F50 is a monster. Just 349 F50s left the factory gates, making it rarer than the fabled Enzo. With the mid mounted V12 bolted onto the carbon-fibre chassis, the F50 used cutting-edge technology.
The F50 wasn't appreciated as a highly sought after ‘halo’ Ferrari supercar at first.

Things change and today the F50 is a required car in any Ferrari collection.
The Ferrari F50 has been described as an 'F1 car dressed as a road car.'

A 1996 Ferrari F50 with 13,500 miles changed hands this spring for $2m.

Friday, May 22, 2020

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Marina Blue with Blue vinyl interior. Original drivetrain. Original matching numbers 427/435 HP Tri-Power V-8 engine. M21 4-speed transmission. 3.70 Positraction. White convertible top. Vinyl covered auxiliary hardtop. AM/FM radio. Tinted windshield. F41 suspension. Factory side exhaust.

Bloomington Gold Certified in 2016 and 1999
The 1967 Corvette featured the 427/435 HP L71 V-8. Built with a 4-bolt-main block, special performance mechanical camshaft, 11.0:1 compression and an aluminum intake manifold mounting three 2-barrel Holley carburetors, the L71 earned the highest horsepower rating of any Corvette of the era.
The car appears at Mecum's

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Enzo Ferrari

The Enzo Ferrari is a mid-engine berlinetta sports car named after the company's founder who died in 1988. It was built 2002-2004 using advanced Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fibre body, F1-style electrohydraulic shift transmission, and carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite disc brakes. Also used are technologies not allowed in F1 such as active aerodynamics and traction control.

It was later sold at a Sotheby's auction for $1.1 million.
399 units at $659,330 were produced, all of which were sold before production began. In 2004, a 400th Enzo was built and donated to the Vatican.
The Enzo's F140 B V12 engine was the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It displaces 366 in³ and produces 651hp at 7800 rpm and 485 lb·ft at 5500 rpm. The redline is 8,200 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed semi-automatic.
The Enzo can accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.14 seconds and can reach 100 mph (160 km/h) in 6.6 seconds. The ¼ mile (~400 m) time is about 11 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph.

The Enzo made huge waves when it debuted, and it remains one of Ferrari’s most loved and sought-after modern 'halo' models. It is essential to any Ferrari collection. Today a top tier Enzo will bring $3m to $3.5m